England Women have today announced three Sparks players in the England Women's A squad which will accompany the England Women group throughout the Ashes tour in early 2022.
Central Sparks captain Eve Jones has been named alongside fast bowlers Emily Arlott and Issy Wong.
The England A squad will play six fixtures against Australia A, as well as taking on England Women in warm up fixtures.
Two Sparks players, Amy Jones and Sarah Glenn, have also been named in the England Women squad.
Selection will focus on the senior group but there is scope for members of the England Women's A squad to be called into the Ashes squad while on tour.
England Women's Ashes Squad Heather Knight (Western Storm, captain) Tammy Beaumont (Lightning) Maia Bouchier (Southern Vipers) Katherine Brunt (Northern Diamonds) Kate Cross (Thunder) Freya Davies (South East Stars) Charlie Dean (Southern Vipers) Sophia Dunkley (South East Stars) Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder) Tash Farrant (South East Stars) Sarah Glenn (Central Sparks) Amy Jones (Central Sparks) Nat Sciver (Northern Diamonds, vice-captain) Anya Shrubsole (Western Storm) Mady Villiers (Sunrisers) Lauren Winfield-Hill (Northern Diamonds) Danni Wyatt (Southern Vipers) England Women's A Squad Emily Arlott (Central Sparks) Lauren Bell (Southern Vipers) Alice Capsey (South East Stars) Alice Davidson-Richards (South East Stars) Georgia Elwiss (Southern Vipers) Kirstie Gordon (Lightning) Eve Jones (Central Sparks) Beth Langston (Northern Diamonds) Emma Lamb (Thunder) Bryony Smith (South East Stars) Ellie Threlkeld (Thunder) Issy Wong (Central Sparks)
Regional Director of Women's Cricket Laura Macleod said: "Performances with Central Sparks and Birmingham Phoenix over the summer have meant that Eve, Emily and Issy have been noticed, and we are excited for them to be show off their skills with England A."
England Women A will take on Australia A in 50-over and 20-over fixtures, while also playing the senior England Women's team in a number of internal warm-up fixtures.
Women's Ashes Fixtures
Thursday January 27-30: Only Test Match, Canberra, 12am GMT (4 points)
Friday February 4: 1st IT20, Sydney, 9.10am (2 points)
Sunday February 6: 2nd IT20, Sydney, 9.10am (2 points)
Thursday February 10: 3rd IT20, Adelaide, 9.10am (2 points)
Sunday February 13: 1st ODI, Adelaide, 12.05am (2 points)
Wednesday February 16: 2nd ODI, Melbourne, 12.05am (2 points)
Saturday February 19: 3rd ODI, Melbourne, 12.05am (2 points)
England Women's A Fixtures
Wednesday January 26: 1st T20, England Women A v Australia A
Friday January 28: 2nd T20, England Women A v Australia A
Sunday January 30: 3rd T20, England Women A v Australia A
Saturday February 5: 1st 50-over match, England Women A v Australia A
Wednesday February 9: 2nd 50-over match, England Women A v Australia A
Friday February 11: 3rd 50-over match, England Women A v Australia A
Monday January 17-19: Three-Day Warm-Up, England Women's XI v England Women's A
Saturday January 22-23: Two-Day Warm-Up, England Women's XI v England Women's A
Wednesday February 2: Governor General's XI v England, Sydney